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You’ve all probably already seen this kick-ass picture of an Army canine and a Special Forces Soldier jumping out of the back of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter into the water, but if not, here it is (replete with official caption from the DoD site):
This is easily one of my favorite pictures ever — if they’d found a way to work a motorcycle and a gun into the picture, it would have been just about perfect — and is now the background image on my desktop.
The image was part of this cool story on Foreign Policy:
Dogs have been fighting alongside U.S. soldiers for more than 100 years, seeing combat in the Civil War and World War I. But their service was informal; only in 1942 were canines officially inducted into the U.S. Army. Today, they’re a central part of U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan — as of early 2010 the U.S. Army had 2,800 active-duty dogs deployed (the largest canine contingent in the world). And these numbers will continue to grow as these dogs become an ever-more-vital military asset.
Oh, and notice the shoes being worn by the Special Forces Soldier jumping with the dog? That’s right — Vibram Five Fingers (VFF), which are the only shoes I ever wear now (other than my motorcycle boots when I’m riding). Good enough for Special Forces, good enough for me.